What effect does glutathione have on permanent transverse myelitis?

by Tami
(Victoria BC)

My hubby had 1 lesion on his spinal cord 3 years ago. The following MRI showed 3 lesions a year and a half later. He has just begun to take MAX GXL and ATP. Does anyone have experience with relief from transverse myelitis? The neurologists are not helpful. Thank you.

Dear Tami,

I'm sorry to hear about your husband's condition but I would like to be helpful to you as well.

Please read my medical disclaimer and understand that I am not a medical doctor, and cannot diagnose, treat, cure, or prescribe for any disease or condition. Immunocal does not treat, cure, or diagnose any medical condition. It raises glutathione.

However, what I can do is online research to see what medical studies show, if anything.

I am not familiar with this condition. So the first thing I did was go to PubMed, where all of the published medical studies are, and typed in "glutathione permanent transverse myelitis". I do this to see if there are any medical studies done relating glutathione to permanent transverse myelitis. The results turned up 0 studies.

Next I typed in "oxidative stress permanent tranverse myelitis", since glutathione is a master antioxidant, and this also returned 0 results.

I next went to Wikipedia to get an idea of the condition and what it is. Permanent transverse myelitis did not come up, but transverse myelitis did.

I went back and searched PubMed for the same terms without the word "permanent" in it. Still no results.

So I can say that at this point I am not aware of any published medical connection between glutathione and permanent transverse myelitis, or glutathione and transverse myelitis.

I do not know if the condition your husband has is the same as what you refer to. If it is, then according to Wikipedia, transverse myelitis is a neurological disorder caused by "an inflammatory process of the spinal cord, and can cause axonal demyelination. The name is derived from Greek myel├│n referring to the "spinal cord", and the suffix -itis, which denotes inflammation. Transverse implies that the inflammation is across the thickness of the spinal cord.

This demyelination arises idiopathically following infections or vaccination, or due to multiple sclerosis. One major theory posits that immune-mediated inflammation is present as the result of exposure to a viral antigen.

The lesions are inflammatory, and involve the spinal cord typically on both sides. With acute transverse myelitis, the onset is sudden and progresses rapidly in hours and days. The lesions can be present anywhere in the spinal cord, though it is usually restricted to only a small portion.

In some cases, the disease is presumed to be caused by viral infections such as cytomegalovirus (CMV) and has also been associated with spinal cord injuries, immune reactions, schistosomiasis and insufficient blood flow through spinal cord vessels. Acute myelitis accounts for 4 to 5 percent of all cases of neuroborreliosis.

Unfortunately, the prognosis for significant recovery from acute transverse myelitis is poor in approximately 80% of the cases; that is, significant long-term disabilities will remain. Approximately 5% of these patients will, in later months or years, show lesions in other parts of the central nervous system, indicating, in retrospect, that this was a first attack of multiple sclerosis."

I hesitate to quote Wikipedia as the final authority since the page can change at any time by any contributor to its content, although I have found in my experience for the content to be well monitored and generally well respected.

If it is true that what your husband suffers from is related to inflammation and his immune system, then it is possible that glutathione will help him, although I cannot say exactly how or know for sure how the progress will manifest itself. Sometimes the damage is permanent, sometimes repair can take place on a cellular level. I encourage you to work closely with your neurologist on this.

If you would like to have your husband take Immunocal for a few months to see how he responds, he certainly can. There is no risk to taking it, and it may help him. I would suggest he take 2 Immunocal Platinum per day to deal with the inflammation and possible autoimmune response. If his condition improves, you know that it is helping him. If he does not, then at least you will know you tried. Immunocal will still have benefited him in other ways he may not be aware of, like neutralizing oxidative stress, detoxification, and immune system regulation and balancing.

Sometimes when there are positive anecdotal experiences, it draws attention to the need for more research in that particular area, so I'd love to hear how he does on it if he decides to take it.

If he decides to continue taking MaxGXL,which also raises glutathione, he should be aware of the differences between the two, and the potentially toxic side effects of N-acetyl cysteine.

You can order Immunocal here. To qualify for a 20% or 30% discount on your order, please click here.

I'll follow up with you and your husband once your order is placed to help monitor your progress.

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Nov 16, 2011
Transverse Myelitis and Glutathione
by: Tami

Hello, thank you for an answer to our question.

We have a challenge trying to find something that will help, as the transverse myelitis was left too long before the neurologists attempted to use massive doses of steroids to counter it. It has been a permanently progressing situation for over 4 years now. Successive MRI's of the brain and a spinal tap apparently "ruled out" MS, according to the neurologists, including the head neurologist at UBC.

A naturopathic Dr. discovered many food allergies and sensitivities that my hubby was previously unaware of, and he has since drastically altered his diet - excluding any forms of wheat gluten, dairy products, sugar, offending/processed meats,salt, and also lettuce, garlic,bananas,sesame seeds and a myriad of other foods that he was reacting to. While it has helped with weight control and somewhat improved his energy levels, the symptoms of numbness, tingling, heaviness, pain and sensation of a belt being slowly tightened around his waist and chest hasn't abated. It has now progressed to his arms and face.

Apparently transverse myelitis is typically a sudden attack followed by disappearance of symptoms soon afterwards if treated immediately. Unfortunately for him, doctors wrote it off as a pinched nerve when it first began and it was almost 2 years before it progressed to the point that it was taken seriously enough to see a neurologist, then almost a year to wait for the first MRI. The steroids only presented horrible side effects and he had to discontinue them. It is now permanent and the neurologists offer only follow-up MRI's to track it's progression.

We were recently introduced to the MAX GXL and the MAX ONE products. As the MAX ONE consists of a whey component, he will forgo introducing that into his system at this time, due to the food allergies, and try the MAX GXL instead.

We were hoping that someone would have some, or ANY, info as to whether they had consumed a glutathione-producing product with success for transverse myelitis that has progressed to this stage.

If you do hear of anyone or find out any additional info we would be most appreciative.

Thanks, Tami in Victoria

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